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Photos and image samples: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

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1 of 7 CNET Networks
The SX100's scroll dial seems nicer in theory than in practice; frequently, when trying to change the shutter speed, I would accidentally click and end up changing the focus or ISO settings. It takes a while to get accustomed to the feel to prevent that from happening.
2 of 7 CNET Networks
The top-mounted zoom switch and a relatively large mode dial keep the SX100's body from shrinking too much, but the camera is slim enough to fit comfortably in a jacket pocket.
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3 of 7 Lori Grunin
Although the SX100 has some color reproduction issues with reds--these flowers are a completely different shade in reality--it nevertheless produces vivid, saturated colors without going overboard. In general, photos looked evenly and correctly exposed.
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4 of 7 Lori Grunin
At its widest angle, the SX100 displays some--but not a lot--of barrel distortion. Because the distortion is reasonably symmetrical, it's less disturbing as a lens artifact. (Lines overlaid in Photoshop.)
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5 of 7 Lori Grunin
Fringing doesn't seem to pose a significant problem for the SX100, but there is some and what's there is colorful: In addition to purple and yellow, my photos also display magenta halos on high-contrast borders.
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6 of 7 Lori Grunin
Overall, the SX100's lens renders sharp images, on the edges as well as in the center.
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7 of 7 Lori Grunin
For a comparatively inexpensive camera, the SX100 displays a pretty good noise profile. Detail only begins to degrade at ISO 400 and is still usable at ISO 800. At ISO 1,600, though there's quite a bit of smeariness, there's still very little color noise (for the camera's price class).

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